The first of Or­ganic Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion

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10 Oc­to­ber, Thim­phu: The Bhutan Agri­cul­ture and Food Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity (BAFRA), Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Forests cer­ti­fied “Rang­shin Sonam Det­shen” a farm­ers group of Kha­toed geog, Gasa as Or­ganic Group. His Ex­cel­lency the Min­is­ter for Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Forests Ly­onpo Yeshi Dorji awarded the cer­tifi­cate to the group.

This group was as­sessed for or­ganic cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in ac­cor­dance with the Bhutan Or­ganic Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem (BOCS) Guide­lines 2013.

The BAFRA cer­ti­fica- tion team in­spected and as­sessed a to­tal area of ap­prox­i­mately 25 acres of farm land owned by 50 (fifty) mem­bers, who have jointly ap­plied for or­ganic cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for potato and gar­lic.

As re­quired un­der BOCS Guide­lines 2013, soil and agri­cul­tural pro­duce sam­ples were tested for heavy me­tal con­tam­i­nants and pes­ti­cide residue lim­its (MRLs) in lab­o­ra­to­ries within the coun­try and ex-coun­try ac­cred­ited lab­o­ra­to­ries in In­dia and Thai­land. The soil sam­ples were tested at the Soil and Plant An­a­lyt­i­cal Lab­o­ra­tory (SPAL), NSSC, Sem­tokha for heavy me­tal con­tami- nants.

The potato and gar­lic sam­ples were tested for pes­ti­cide residue lev­els (MRLs) and heavy con­tam­i­nants at Ex­port In­spec­tion Agency (EIA) Lab­o­ra­tory, Kolkata.

Fur­ther, the soil sample was tested for pes­ti­cide residues (MRLs) at the Cen­tral Lab­o­ra­tory Thai, Bangkok. The test re­sults re­ceived from all th­ese lab­o­ra­to­ries are within the per­mis­si­ble lim­its pre­scribed in the BOCS Guide­lines 2013. The wa­ter qual­ity test could not be con­ducted since the potato and gar­lic were cul­ti­vated un­der the nat­u­ral rain-fed condi- tions.

The cer­ti­fi­ca­tion logo will be is­sued and au­tho­rized to the farm­ers group for uti­liza­tion in prod­uct la­bels, pack­ages and ad­ver­tise­ments. The cer­ti­fi­ca­tion logo will con­tain Unique Iden­tity Num­ber (UID) as­signed to ev­ery in­di­vid­ual mem­ber for trace­abil­ity and fu­ture com­pli­ances.

This is the first case of or­ganic cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and the cer­tifi­cate will be valid for one year and will be re­newed if the min­i­mum re­quire­ments are met as per the BOCS guide­lines.

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